When Jon Batastini got the word he would be the “honoree” at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Celebration Dinner and Roast, set for Tuesday September 13 at the Flanders Hotel, he said “No way!”“I thought there are so many deserving people. The only thing I could think of is I make a pretty good target,” the 48-year-old attorney said with a laugh.It’s easy to see why Batastini, a partner with the Ocean City firm Loveland, Garrett and Batastini might feel that way. With his trademark “fishing pants” which most stores sell under the name “pajama bottoms” and the misadventures he endured running his boat aground during Storm Jonas as examples, there is ample material. And Batastini loves to laugh. “If it’s at my expense, so be it,” he said.However, a closer look reveals more things to be lauded, than roasted. A member of the Ocean City Board of Education, Batastini is also Past President of the Ocean City Exchange Club, a Trustee Board member for the Free Library of Ocean City and the Friends of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, and a Board member of the Chamber, among his many other public service activities.“One of the things that distinguish Ocean City from other places is that sense of community. It’s just a wonderful town,” he said.Apparently the affection shown by the Chamber is mutual. In the promotional materials for the roast, they refer to Jon as “Ocean City’s most interesting attorney.”The event starts with a 6 p.m. social hour followed by dinner at 6:30 and the roast. Tickets are $55 per person. RSVP by September 7th to the Chamber by calling 609-399-1412. RSVP’s may also be faxed at (609) 398-3932.In addition to individual tickets there are three levels of sponsorships and four sizes of ads available in the program book. Deadline is September 7th for the program book. Ads may be mailed to the Chamber at PO Box 1706 or e-mailed to [email protected] the night finally arrives, Batastini envisions “quite a few comments about my fishing attire.” He said he favors pajama pants because “I love to fish, but I don’t like bugs, particularly biting flies that go after my ankles. I’ve tried sweatpants, shorts with high socks, bug sprays, lotions, you name it.”Nothing else gave him the combination of comfort and leg protection like pajamas, he says. From there, the legend grew.“If I’m out fishing and then decide to go out to meet friends, I’m not going home the change first,” he said. As a result, “pajamas have become a favorite gift item people have for me” on birthdays and at Christmas.As for leaving his boat high and dry, he sheepishly talked about the day of Storm Jonas when he needed to move the craft to a safer location and wound up getting stranded on the shores of –where else?—Jonas Island, under the Margate Bridge.“There was a question of whether the tow boat could get to me and the weather was getting bad. It was, truthfully getting a little scary. So at that point all I could do was walk around my boat and take pictures.”Eventually the tow boat succeeded in pulling his craft out of harm’s way, but Batastini doubts he will “ever” live down the incident, he said.Jon and Leigh on the water.A native of Cherry Hill, Jon has lived in Ocean City for 26 years with his wife Leigh. They have a daughter, Emily, 17, who is a senior at Ocean City High School. A graduate of Bishop Eustace Prep and Rutgers University with a bachelor of science in Environmental Health an Industrial Hygiene, he has advanced education from Temple University’s School of Engineering and Rutgers-Camden’s School of Law.As a result of all the educational opportunities he enjoyed and the many doors they have opened, Batastini feels a strong desire to advocate education and work for the betterment of our schools in Ocean City.For all of his accomplishments, Jon’s main rule of life “is very simple,” he says. “We’re here for a good time, and not for a long time.”He will put the first part of that credo into practice on the evening of September 13. Those wishing to do the same should reserve their spot with the Chamber. “Most Interesting” sounds pretty accurate.
Pret activates PRPret A Manger aims to shake-up its image and promote its store expansion plans with a PR push. The sandwich and coffee chain has hired Lewis PR to look after consumer, corporate and social media PR globally,which will cover the opening of new outlets in the UK and its launch in France, as well as its 25th birthday celebrations this year.UB quiet on rumourUnited Biscuits has refused to comment on media reports that it hopes to auction its biscuits division for about £1.5bn, after China’s Bright Food walked away from acquiring the whole company.Morrisons’ donationThe new Morrisons supermarket in Birmingham donated its first batch of 100 loaves of bread to the Salvation Army in Handsworth. The store, on Holyhead Road, is due to open on 31 January and the ovens were being tested for the grand opening.Millers to raise pricesFWP Matthews has become the latest miller to increase the price of its flour, following the continued rise in wheat prices. The price of its Cotswold and Cotswold Organic flours will increase by £50/tonne from 31 January. Another miller, Doves Farm, said it, too, would be forced to increase prices in the spring.
By Jon Zimney – December 6, 2020 2 557 Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalMichiganNews WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter Semi driver from Colon, Michigan, killed in crash on Indiana Toll Road WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) A Colon, Michigan, man was killed when police say he lost control of the semi he was driving.The collision happened around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, near the 151-mile marker on the Indiana Toll Road.Indiana State Police troopers found the driver of the semi, Stephen Robert Downs, 61, trapped inside and unresponsive.There were no other occupants in the semi.The Indiana State Police issued the following information about the crash:At approximately 6:45 p.m. this evening, the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle semi rollover crash on the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90) near the 151 mile marker, Steuben County.Upon arrival, troopers found a Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a bulk liquid tanker trailer rolled over down in the center median. The driver was trapped inside the cab and unresponsive. First responders were not able to extricate the driver initially due to the extensive damage. The driver, Stephen Robert Downs, 61, of Colon, Michigan succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene. There were no other occupants in the truck.Damage to the tanker allowed the spillage of approximately 4,000 gallons of milk, along with approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel. Clean up of the wreckage debris and spillage required the closure of both eastbound and westbound lanes for nearly two hours. Trooper Brandon Johnson’s preliminary investigation revealed that the semi-tractor/trailer was initially traveling eastbound on I-90 in the left lane. For an unknown reason the semi-tractor ran off the edge of the road onto the soft shoulder. The driver attempted to correct, but lost control. Both the semi-tractor and trailer rolled over onto the driver’s side and came to rest in the median. Extensive damage was sustained to both the tractor and trailer. Due to the damage sustained, it was initially undetermined if Downs was restrained at the time of the crash. Alcohol use was not suspected.The crash remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Steuben County Coroner’s Office. There is no further information available for release at this time. With the assistance of the Michigan State Police, notifications have been made to the Downs family.Trooper Johnson was assisted at the scene by Steuben County Sheriff Department, Steuben EMS, Freemont Fire Department, and the Steuben County Coroner’s Office. Pinterest Previous articleOne person hospitalized after shooting in MishawakaNext articleOff-duty officer, son, not injured after squad car was hit by projectile Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+
Beginning gardeners now have a reason to hone their green thumbs. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents in metro Atlanta will hold Garden to Table classes throughout the spring and summer to introduce Georgians to the joys and challenges of growing their own food.The first class, Spring into Gardening and Canning, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs, Ga.UGA Extension agriculture and natural resource agents Louise Estabrook, Grantly Ricketts and Bobby Wilson will teach participants how to plan a garden, grow a productive container vegetable garden and make a raised garden bed. Extension family and consumer sciences agent Kisha Faulk will discuss how to safely preserve vegetables and fruit at home, updated home canning methods and tools to get started canning.“Our goal is to teach people how to get started as we move into the gardening season and then the canning season later in the summer,” Faulk said. “We all know canning to be something our grandmothers did, but it’s something I can do as a young professional to stretch my dollar, provide for my family and enjoy time spent with my friends.”Registration for the Spring into Gardening and Canning workshop is free. For more information or to register, contact Jan Powers at (404) 613-7670 or e-mail her at [email protected] The North Fulton Service Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.The second workshop in the Garden to Table series, which will also cover planting a vegetable garden and safely storing produce, will be held at 6:45 p.m. April 14 at the Cobb Extension Office in Marietta. The workshop costs $10, and registration fees will be collected at the door. For more information or to register, contact Emily Harper at (770) 528-4070 or e-mail her at [email protected] The Cobb Extension Office is located at 678 South Cobb Dr., Suite 200 in Marietta.
On August 14-16, Asheville will host a celebration of the country’s top boundary-pushing adventure films. The festival weekend will kickoff with a free outdoor party before the films roll at 7pm on Friday. Saturday’s line up will include a community picnic, ice cream social, van life rally, dance party with DJ Marley, a youth adventure film program, and an amazing lineup of powerful films.BRO Editor in Chief Will Harlan will moderate a panel of top regional athletes on Saturday morning at the New Mountain Sol Bar—including elite triathlete and runner Jay Curwen, Girls at Play founder Anna Levesque, ultra running wild man Adam Hill, pro paddler Pat Keller, and champion mountain biker Sam Koerber—who embody the spirit of the film fest.Unlike other film fests, 5Point features films that are about more than heart-pumping adrenaline. They highlight people who go deeper and give voice to the places and issues that matter most.“We are so excited to bring 5 Point to Asheville and to become an ongoing part of the booming outdoor scene in this community,” said Executive Director Sarah Wood. “We are really striving to make 5 Point Asheville a local, community driven event!”In addition to all the other festivities, 5 Point will be hosting a one of a kind ‘Van Life Rally.’ Like the Going the Distance Panel, the rally will take place at New Mountain and will showcase some of the Blue Ridge region’s best livable vehicles! BRO’s own Jess Daddio will even be on hand with her Sylvan Sport GO!For more info including a detailed line up of films and events, check out them out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or their website, and enjoy a sneak peak of coming attractions by watching the trailer below. See you there!5Point Film Festival Asheville from 5Point Film Festival on Vimeo.
March 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Dr. Hobbs broadens her horizons on assignment in Brazil Dr. Hobbs broadens her horizons on assignment in Brazil Associate EditorVivian Hobbs views herself as the conscience of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, not bashful to spark frank talk about women and minorities and the legal profession, helping lawyers see old issues in new ways.An assistant professor of English and the humanities at Florida A&M University, she’s one of two citizen members of the Board of Governors.Her background and experience recently got broadened in Brazil, when she was one of a dozen educators from around the country chosen for the 2002 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program Grant, funded by the International Education and Graduate Programs Service of the U.S. Department of Education.“We worked every day. There was not a museum in Brazil that we didn’t see,” said Hobbs, of her international educational adventure. “The museums, it’s just like being in Rome. It’s a beautiful country!”Hobbs, along with the others, was put to work researching for a paper she wrote titled, “Salvador da Bahia: A ‘Modern’ Imperial Rome,” where she explored influences of the Roman Catholic Church and the African religion of Candomblé in Salvador/Bahia.As the resulting scholarly volume, Broadening Horizons: Building Educational Linkages Between Brazil and the United States, that includes papers from all of the 12 scholars, describes: “The striking resemblances of the European and African religious pantheon, classical mythology, ritual practices, and imperial and modern history, enable Dr. Hobbs to draw lively cross-cultural comparisons of Roman, African, and Afro-Brazilian culture that affirm the enduring legacy and continual presence of classic and modern civilizations.”“You’ve got to remember, I’m a humanities person, so I am interested in the religion. I was interested in this predominantly Catholic country, all these beautiful cathedrals and monasteries, all the stuff I’ve read about that began a little after medieval times. It was all right there for me,” Hobbs said.“But the most striking thing was this is a country of such a beautiful people. I mean, physically, they are all beautiful. And nobody is any one particular race. It’s truly blending, the most I had ever seen.”There are the Amerindians, already in Brazil when the Portugese first arrived.“As a result, they have completely blended that European/Portugese people with the Indians. Then you have the African slaves coming in,” Hobbs said. “The most amazing fact I discovered was that on the census, you decide what your race is. You can be white. You can be African-Brazilian, Amerindian, and some subcategories under those.”In true bold Vivian Hobbs style, she wasn’t afraid to ask the Brazilian government officials: “If I came to live in Brazil, you mean I could check ‘white’?”“They kind of became uncomfortable with that,” said Hobbs, an African-American woman with a Ph.D.“They said, ‘Since you aren’t white, your educational background would put you in that category, so you very well could.’“And I said: ‘Are you kidding me!’ I’m looking at them like they are off their rockers. The census is absolutely no good down there, if you’re talking about ethnicity and racial makeup. It’s just an estimation. It’s how you see yourself, basically,” Hobbs said of what she considers the country’s loose definition of race.In Brazil, Hobbs concluded, prejudice is based not on skin tone, but economics.She describes the Brazilians as “a very warm people, very accepting, even in their poverty.” And the poverty of the favellas, shacks nestled around the high-rise buildings, was the most destitute living conditions she had seen in her travels.“This is what bothered me, as an African-American more than anything else: What are you going to do about what’s happening to you? Because when I came up in the ’60s, if you wanted change, you’ve got to go out there and fight for change. I just didn’t see any of that. They have just accepted the fact that some people are going to be poor, and some are going to be rich.”With mostly poor and, there is no middle class in Brazil, Hobbs said.The high point of the month of travel and research to three areas— São Pãulo, Salvador/Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro—was when Hobbs was invited to give a lecture in women’s studies at the prestigious Pontifica Catholic University.At first she panicked about the language barrier, but most of the students spoke English well. And she took comfort in teaming up for the three-hour lecture with Florida State University Professor Christopher Shinn, one of the 12 Fulbright-Hays fellows.“The students at first were prepared to be polite. But then as I talked, I could see their interest perking up. And the one thing I realized is students are students are students,” Hobbs said. “Before I knew it, they didn’t want me to go.”The whole trip that she calls “the experience of a lifetime” came with a bonus. University officials have invited her back for a three-month exchange teaching role.“They want me to come back as a scholar in residence,” Hobbs said, aglow just thinking about the possibilities of more scholarly research made richer by new cultural experiences.
Unlawful manufacture methamphetamine in the 3rd degree, a class D felonyCriminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanorCriminal use drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanorUnlawful possession of marijuana in the 2nd degree, a violationPedestrian fail to walk facing traffic, a violation They say officers then discovered Maracle and Martin Sr. were in possession of methamphetamine-making materials. Miracle also had marijuana and methamphetamine on him, they added. The sheriff’s office says around 3:05 a.m., officers noticed the two men walking the “wrong way” on Route 281. Unlawful manufacture methamphetamine in the 2nd degree, a Class C felonyCriminal use drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a Class A misdemeanorCriminal possession hypodermic, class A misdemeanorPedestrian fail to walk facing traffic, a violation TOWN OF HOMER, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested two men on drug-related charges Saturday morning in the town of Homer. Below are the full lists of charges: Authorities from Cortland County say 47-year-old Terry L. Maricle and 48-year-old Michael L. Martin Sr. were arrested and charged with unlawful manufacture methamphetamine in the 3rd and 2nd degrees. The sheriff’s office says Maricle and Martin Sr. were arraigned in town of Homer Court and remanded to Cortland County Jail without bail. Michael L. Martin Sr. Terry L. Maricle:
JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — One of the fastest growing industries in the Southern Tier is expanding even more. Duncan says the company coming to Johnson City will be a huge economic boost to the area. Great Eastern Hemp joins Canopy Growth, Southern Tier Hemp and CSG Hemp in Broome County. “This building prior to had not been paying any taxes because it was owned by a non-profit so it’s a building that’s coming back, providing tax revenue to the Village of Johnson City and the Town of Union, so that’s great news, and they’re putting in some significant investment, 11 million dollars,” Duncan told 12 News Friday. Executive Director of the Agency Stacey Duncan says the group approached the county a few years ago, and plans to process hemp fibers as well as extract oils such as CBD. County property documents show 60 Lester Avenue, once home to Country Valley Industries, a subsidiary of Achieve, was recently purchased by Great Eastern Hemp LLC for 2.2 million dollars. Duncan also said the company will create roughly forty new jobs over the next three years. The Broome County Agency says Great Eastern Hemp is moving to the area, making it the fourth hemp based business to set up shop in the county.
Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has been awarded one of the first agreements of its kind with Twinza Oil to provide fullstream support on the Pasca A gas condensate field, which is located off Papua New Guinea in the Gulf of Papua.To remind, GE’s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes in July closed its merger thus creating a company with a fullstream offering across the full value chain of oil and gas activities—from upstream to midstream to downstream.According to Baker Hughes’ statement on Tuesday, the Twinza-BHGE fullstream agreement – an industry first – covers services and equipment during Phase I of the Pasca A field Development, including drilling services, wellheads and pressure control equipment for the fourth and final appraisal well.The appraisal well will be drilled in 3Q 2017, which will be suspended as a future development well, and the final investment decision (FID) to proceed to development is expected in 2018.Post FID, Baker Hughes said it expects to provide an integrated gas processing solution from the wells through to point of export. The fullstream offering includes a wide range of capabilities in drilling services, subsea equipment, gas processing topsides, gas compression and turbomachinery as well as installation and commissioning services. As part of the fullstream package, BHGE was also be able to bring its expertise to offer a financial solution to enable Twinza to complete appraisal drilling and proceed to FID, the company added.Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of BHGE said: “This project with Twinza is one of the first times we can truly show the value of combining our legacy strength into one unique fullstream offering.”“Having a single point of contact and a complete offering for a complex project was one of the key reasons why we partnered with BHGE,” said Huw Evans, CEO of Twinza. “With its fullstream capabilities, BHGE was able to propose a fully integrated services and equipment offering using a modular state of the art approach, high tech solutions and systems that ‘talk to each other’ for optimization. This greatly synergizes the execution of the project while reducing the integration risk if we had engaged several vendors for similar services and equipment.”Pasca is the first offshore oil and gas development in PNG that will produce natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the form of condensate (a light crude oil) and LPG, and will also produce natural gas. The project is expected to spur development of relevant offshore skills and services in PNG and will prove a significant boost to the PNG economy, providing government revenues, utilizing local services and providing local employment. Additionally, the LPG produced from Pasca will be available to reduce imports, and will offer a competitive alternative to imported diesel fuel for power generation.Twinza holds 100% of the Pasca A License, located in PPL 328, and has submitted a development plan for the field that will produce the resource across two phases. Phase I consists of the initial production of natural gas liquids (NGLs), including condensate and LPG, with reinjection of dry gas ahead of Phase II. During Phase II, dry gas will be exported.Back in July, Twinza awarded a drilling contract for its PNG project to COSL jack-up drilling rig, the COSLSeeker, which is scheduled to arrive at Papua New Guinea in late August.